Changes to the availability of information on vehicles from DVLA

It's clear that the procedures for applying for information
on a vehicle and current and former keepers under the DVLA V888 procedure have been changed since an article was released on the V8 Website in January 2017. The main change is redefining "reasonable cause" for seeking the information. Clearly the provisions and requirements of the UK Data Protection laws have been serious concerns in those changes and the focus on "reasonable cause". So this NEWS item replaces that earlier article, but a link to the article is available below.

DVLA judge each V888 application on its merits, particularly the statements you make as to
why you want that previous information from DVLA's records.

Getting information on your car from DVLA
In January 2017 we released a two page article contributed by David Worthington on how he made an application to DVLA under their V888 procedure and the information he received - some 30 A4 pages with copies of vehicle registration documents and notifications of changes of registered keepers and their addresses. Earlier article

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DVLA has clarified how information on a vehicle and current and former keepers can be obtained by an applicant by redefining "reasonable cause" for accessing vehicle records held by DVLA. In an article in this week's issue of Classic Car Buyer they report "a spokesperson for the DVLA told us that the information on their website is all up to date and correct. You will need to have "reasonable cause" should you wish to apply for previous owner information on a car you don't or have never owned, but there are no specific rues when requesting information on your own vehicle or a vehicle you have previously owned. These cases are all reviewed on a case-by-case basis".

Applying for information on a vehicle you own
In order to apply for information on your own vehicle you will need to fill in a "V888 request by an individual for information about a vehicle" form and specify why you want that previous information from DVLA's records. The reasons for applying for information on your own vehicle may include you suspect the vehicle may have been involved in an accident at an earlier date or you would simply like to cover the history of your vehicle with a little more information on its history.

Applying for information on a vehicle owned by someone else
Applying for information on a vehicle owned by someone else you will need to provide one of the following "reasonable causes":
> finding out who was responsible for an accident.
> Tracing the registered keeper of an abandoned vehicle.
> Tracing the registered keeper of a vehicle parked on private land.
> issuing parking tickets.
> issuing trespass charge notices.
> tracing people responsible for driving off without paying for goods or services.
> Tracing people suspected of insurance fraud.

Policy paper. Release of information from DVLA's registers - INF266 This covers how DVLA complies with legislation when releasing data from its driver and vehicle databases. Updated: 19th July 2017. More

How we give people information from our vehicle record
Guidance for people and companies about what information DVLA will release from our records. Updated: 20th September 2017.
A link on that webpage goes to a DVLA document "Giving people information from our vehicle record - mis54 August 2017". This document sets out in detail the process and requirements for various types of applicant including debt collectors and solicitors as well as private individuals seeking information on their car or a car previously owned by them or a car owned by someone else. More

Request information about a vehicle or its registered keeper from DVLA
Fill in a form and apply by post. The form you need to use depends on who is making the request and why. Details of how to pay and where to send your application are on each form. There are three forms depending on w
ho is making the request
> Form V888 - for an individual.
> Form V888/2 - for a company.
> Form V888/3 - for a company that issues parking or trespass charge notices.

Form V888: Request by an individual for information about a vehicle Use this form if you want to apply for information about your vehicle, a vehicle previously registered to you, or the registered keeper of a vehicle which is registered to someone else If you want to request information about the registered keeper of a vehicle which is registered to someone else, you must show ‘reasonable cause’ for wanting this information and how it will be used. Form V888

Form V888/2: Request by a company for information about a vehicle
Use this form for companies that want to apply for information from DVLA’s vehicle records. Form V888/2

Form V888/3: Request information if your company issues parking or trespass charge notices
Companies who issue parking or trespass charge notices and want to apply for information from DVLA’s vehicle records must use the V888/3 form. Form V888/3